The Sustainability Challenge
Humanity faces intense challenges of an unprecedented scale, complexity and interdependence. The current economic and environmental path is dangerously unsustainable. What contribution can and should the education sector play in responding to the impending crisis?
The Ideal Partnership of Leading Global Institutions
In collaboration with the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership and the University of Cape Town, the ESLP provides a transformational educational experience to a diverse cross-section of delegates by investigating the systems level, interdependent causes and consequences of sustainability in its broadest sense, encompassing the key environmental, social and economic drivers. The immersion programme challenges delegates to imagine, create and articulate the challenges in making sustainability the heartbeat of 21st century education. It will explore and develop innovative and practical approaches to incorporating sustainability thinking into their strategies for delivering high quality education to the next generation of learners who will have to face a very different world from that in which we live now. The immersion programme will invite delegates to respond by committing to changing the paradigm of education to meet The Sustainability Challenge.
Why should you attend?
● You will be equipped to lead your institution in developing new strategies for responding to the challenge of incorporating sustainability thinking into the curricula and the governance of schools.
● You can enable your organisation to be a change agent of society; a leader in its approach to education and sustainability.
● You will develop a strategic and practical approach to sustainability in education.
● You and your students will become thought leaders in sustainability locally, regionally and globally.
● You will be part of a unique network of thought leaders in education and sustainability – part of an ‘Active Alumni,’ a cohort of programme graduates who contribute to the development of the programme as it extends its global reach over the coming years.
The Southern Africa Dimension
Southern Africa faces intense socio-economic and environmental challenges. On the environmental front, the current draught - the worst in 100 years - brings home the vulnerability of the area. It also shows the interdependent nature of the sustainability drivers: water scarcity leads to food shortage and higher prices, which undermines the economy and increases poverty; greater poverty increases inequality which drives social conflict and further undermines confidence in the economy.
Energy shortages have a similar cycle. South Africa remains locked into an economy that is still too dependent on mining, and coal, especially. The region needs to re-wire its economy and its new leadership to take the necessary steps to do so. In turn, that will require a new generation of leaders capable of the systems thinking and innovation needed.
Education – through experiential learning and the curriculum – needs to reflect these imperatives and be prepared to innovate itself, if it is to contribute to building a new generation of leaders. Education needs to become the driver of change rather than a passive observer of it.
For more information and to register your interest in attending, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Luib & Child Rescue Nepal
“Luib” www.luib.org is a game of athleticism, ingenuity and above all, integrity. In partnership with Child Rescue Nepal, www.childrescuenepal.org PWA is supporting this fantastic new sport, as an “ethical game for an ethical world”. Currently played by 25 schools across the world, Luib brings students together a local, regional and global levels, creating opportunities for them to play together in spirit of competitive camaraderie and work together on one of the most urgent issues facing humanity – the scourge of human trafficking. Child Rescue Nepal rescues and cares for trafficked
Nepali children who are sold for child labour
They save them from a life of physical abuse and forced labour, bring them home, provide medical and psychological treatment and try to re-unite them with their families. Child Rescue Nepal aims to stamp out the trafficking of children by carrying out anti-trafficking work, such as community education, pursuing the prosecution of traffickers, and improving schools.
Over the last 15 years, Child Rescue Nepal has rescued more than 600 children, around 500 of whom were sold into India to work in circuses. Others they have cared for include some rescued from adult prisons, held there because their parents were jailed, and a small number of abandoned or street children.
Most of the rescued children were reunited immediately with their families, but where this was not possible, the children lived in the Child Rescue Nepal refuge in Kathmandu until family could be found and a reunion arranged. Now, a few children who cannot go home live in the charity’s small, family-style homes in Kathmandu and Hetauda. Child Rescue Nepal still work to find kin for those without immediate families.
Over a Luib Championship weekend, students and staff enjoy the thrill of competition whilst learning through break-out workshop sessions, about the work of Child Rescue Nepal. The sessions also reflect on the importance of Service learning in education. Students will be asked to imagine and create links between sport and service learning and take away action plans (and hopefully a Luib trophy!) which can become significant parts of students’ IB Community Service and CAS portfolios, inspiring what they do in high school and beyond.
The inaugural Luib World Championships will take place in the autumn of 2016. For more information and to register your interest in attending, please email email@example.com